The eighty-ninth State Conference for the Daughters of Revolution 2012
The eighty-ninth State Conference for the Daughters of Revolution was held in Kailua-Kona for the first time. Represented by both the Hawai’i Loa chapter in Hawai’i and Hawai’i Aloha chapter in Honolulu, over 75 members enjoyed a day of friendship, sharing, aloha, and recognition for their many volunteer efforts in Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. The state organization began on March 2, 1916, and is proud to have over 200 active members state-wide; their motto is “God Home and Country.”
The Hawai’i Loa Chapter (Big Island) has participated in commemorative events throughout the island and presented community speakers, including the fire chief of the local army base who shared his experiences helping at Ground Zero. The chapter has supported public libraries with patriotic efforts during constitution week, donated more than 30 sweaters and needed items for the State Veterans Home in Hilo, and sent birthday cards monthly to resident veterans. The local DAR chapter has also made generous donations to support the local Rotary group sending packages to Hawaii Island military personnel serving in Afghanistan and 150 Christmas cards signed by the general public and sent to these same troops. Members also awarded four island high school students with DAR medals to young women who contributed to our National Defense.
National DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children. With over 170,000 members and 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. and international chapters in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom. More than 890,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.